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In this issue: Exciting Buzz About Probiotics, USANA U-Wellness Tour, Red & Processed Meats link to Cancer, Maple Soy Blueberry Salmon, Promoting Kindness, Flu Vaccine, Single Source Responsibility, Oprah & Deepak Meditation Offer.

photo by Lynn Bogert

The beauty of our neighbourhood in autumn at

Gallagher's Canyon Golf and Country Club

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."

The Buzz About Probiotics

USANA Probiotic | USANA Video

Probiotics - we are hearing more about the importance of them for our "gut" health and immune system. Yogurt has long been considered a "natural" source of obtaining probiotics, however in today's reality, many dairy products are adulterated with growth hormones and antibiotics which could defeat the purpose of it.  Additionally, more and more people (including us) are lactose intolerant or sensitive to dairy products. As well, eating flavoured yogurt contains a lot of added sugar. Here's an alternative we appreciate and recommend. Martin and I trust the USANA pharmaceutical grade products including this probiotic which is convenient and does not require refrigeration.

Be our guest at a location near you for the upcoming USANA U-Wellness Tour

Starting a healthy lifestyle can often create more questions than answers.

Why not get the answers straight from the experts?

We are honoured to host expert and long time member of the USANA Health and Science Education team, and the man behind Ask the Scientist, Russ Barton. He earned a Master's Degree in nutritional science from BYU in 1993 and is a Certified Nutrition Specialist with the American College of Nutrition and a Certified Sports Nutritionalist with the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Russ has been with USANA since 1997.

During this two hour event, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from nutrition experts and scientists the positive impact USANA can have on your health and your life. Our best will teach you how to create a healthy lifestyle, and empower you with the facts about our amazing products.

Our workshop with a Health & Freedom solution is the perfect start to a healthier tomorrow. Just imagine how much information you can learn from our experts as you learn about the benefits of USANA’s high-quality nutritionals.





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Processed & Red Meat deemed cancer-causer

The Canadian Press - Oct 26, 2015 / 6:36 am | Story: 150501

It's official: Ham, sausage and other processed meats can lead to colon, stomach and other cancers — and red meat is probably cancer-causing, too. While doctors have long warned against eating too much meat, the World Health Organization's (WHO) cancer agency gave the most definitive response yet Monday about its relation to cancer — and put processed meats in the same danger category as cigarettes or asbestos.

A group of 22 scientists from the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France evaluated more than 800 studies from several continents about meat and cancer. 
Based on that evaluation, they classified processed meat as "carcinogenic to humans" and red meat as "probably carcinogenic." Meat industry groups protest the classification.

The North American Meat Institute argued in a statement that "cancer is a complex disease not caused by single foods" and stressed the importance of lifestyle and environmental factors.

 Doctors have warned that a diet loaded with red meat is linked to cancers, including those of the colon and pancreas. The American Cancer Society has long urged 
people to reduce consumption of red meat and processed meat.

Days after the WHO classified red meat as a probable human carcinogen, new research has strengthened the link between red meat consumption and cancer. A University of Oxford study discovered that participants who ate four servings of red meat a week were 42 percent more likely to develop colorectal cancer than those who had one serving or none at all. Participants who ate red meat at least twice a week were 18 percent more likely to develop colorectal cancer than vegetarians.
The study, which will be presented at a conference for the National Cancer 
Research Institute, tracked the meat-eating habits of more than 500,000 British men and women aged 40 to 69. (researchers didn’t quantify the amount of each serving — they only tracked how often people ate meat.)

The researchers noted that while red meat contains important nutrients, it was associated with some cancers in several studies. Their report said grilling, pan-frying or other high-temperature methods of cooking red meat produce the highest amounts of chemicals suspected to cause cancer.

Maple Soy Blueberry Salmon
(Martin's recipe inspired by Allan as well as our favourite restaurant in Kelowna)

1 lb Salmon Fillet
½ of a lemon juiced
1 Cedar plank or in foil
1 tsp Coarse pickling salt


½ c  Maple syrup, authentic
¼ c  Braggs soy sauce
¼ c  Tamari soy sauce, light, low salt (gluten free)
1 tbl  Ginger, fresh, grated (a piece the size of your big thumb)
1 tsp Garlic salt (or optional  1 or 2 clovesL)
1 tsp   Pepper, black, cracked

Squeeze the juice of the lemon over the fillet then proceed to prepare marinade.

Whisk all marinade ingredients together. Place salmon in a zip lock bag, then pour marinade in and seal bag removing all air.

Place in the fridge and turn every ½ hour for 3 hours. Overnight is best.

Submerge the cedar plank in water over night. Put a weight on it to keep it submerged.

Remove salmon from marinade and place on the sheet. Let sit for a bit. Start to reduce marinade right away.

Pour marinade into a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce until consistency is like caramel or slightly thinner, about 45 minutes. Let sit at room temperature.

Preheat BBQ with the lid closed.

Place the cedar plank on the BBQ until hot (3 minutes)

On the hot side of the cedar plank sprinkle the course salt then place the salmon on the plank so that there  is no overhang.

Place cedar plank with salmon on BBQ. Reduce direct heat under the plank and increase heat beside the plank. BBQ for approximately 15 to 20 mins or until you can see the white between the flesh on the thickest part of the salmon.

For the last couple of minutes brush the marinade glaze on top of the fish.

Remove from BBQ and let sit a couple minutes before slicing.

Add additional glaze sparingly just as serving.

Compote Ingredients:

1 cup fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup Polaner All Fruit Spread (sugar free, blueberry)

Compote Directions:

Toss blueberries with corn starch and coat completely.

Pour coated blueberries, water, and fruit preserves into a small saucepan on medium heat. Stirring frequently, allow ingredients to melt together, bubbling at a slow simmer, until thickened (about 15 minutes).
Since reading “#lightwebdarkweb” written by my friend Raffi Cavoukian, a book which was inspired by the story of Amanda Todd, a BC teen who took her life after being cyber-bullied relentlessly, I’ve become even more concerned about the issue of bullying and wanted to include this article by my friend Lynn, a mother of two young children...
“Inspired by a social media movement to eradicate bullying by posting compliments on various platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, my daughter and I were on a quest to bring this positivity and kindness into our little elementary school!
Due to the age of our audience being between 5 to 12, the majority had no access to social media so what better a way to promote kindness towards one another for all to see than going “Old School”…with a bulletin board and construction paper!
A simple shoebox with a slit in the top was decorated and placed by the school’s front office.  Next to it was kept a pile of scrap paper pulled from the recycling bin along with a couple of pencils.  Students were encouraged to write notes of gratitude and appreciation for their classmates, family or teachers (and best yet, they could remain anonymous if they wished!)  Compliments were placed into the box and collected once a week to be printed on the computer, for ease of reading, and stapled to the board for all to see!  Kindness is contagious and in no time teachers and parents were posting too. 

As you can see, very little effort was required and I can assure you MANY smiles have appeared over the course of 3 years that this program has been running.  Sadly, bullying and cyber-bullying continues to be an issue.  We need to continue to promote kindness towards one another on a daily basis.  Perhaps you can create your own version of a Shout Out board in your community; in your work place, your home, your place of worship… It can even be as simple as writing a kind message on a Post-It Note for the people who touch your lives."

 There are many ways you can continue the movement. I hope you find inspiration in this heart warming clip “Prank It Forward” which was inspired by the movie “Pay It Forward” released in 2000 :)

 "Prank it Forward."
Best Shift Ever - Waitress Receives Life-Changing Tip

Flu vaccine contains 25,000 times more mercury than is legally allowed in drinking water

In case you missed it, recent lab tests conducted at the Natural News Forensic Food Lab found that seasonal flu vaccines, which are pushed on virtually everyone these days, including young babies, pregnant women and the elderly, contain outrageously high levels of neurotoxic mercury. Vials of batch flu vaccine produced by British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) were found to contain upwards of 51 parts per million of mercury, or 25,000 times the legal maximum for drinking water established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This shocking discovery was made using advanced mass spectrometry technology with incredible accuracy, filling the gap left by the nation’s regulatory agencies that have failed to conduct this type of safety testing themselves. Millions of people are injected with flu vaccines annually, and most of them are completely unaware that one of the most toxic metals known to man is being implanted directly into their muscle tissue unabated.

“Mercury is one of the most poisonous substances known to mankind,” explained Dr. David Brownstein, a board-certified family physician and holistic medicine specialist, on his blog. “For over twenty years, I have been testing nearly every patient seen in my office for heavy metal contamination. … I have found that over 80% of my patients, both healthy and sick, have mercury toxicity.”

Pregnant women, young children and elderly encouraged to line up for mercury injections.

Presenting this type of concrete data, which contradicts the official government position on vaccines, has sparked many venomous attacks from angry pro-vaxxers who insist that mercury is completely safe. Either that or they claim that mercury is no longer being added to vaccines, a detestable lie that continues to harm the most vulnerable among us, including innocent children.

Single Source Responsibility

By Martin Mills

What is Single Source Responsibility? Basically, it means selecting products or services from one company to ensure ultimate synergy. Whether it is paint or supplements, the processes are the same. Let me elaborate a little.

As some of you may know, I spent my earlier years building a company called InSpec. InSpec served a large customer base in Condominium Management, Government, School Boards and Industry by providing professional services and management of large repaint and coatings projects. We would analyze the building to be painted, write specifications and contract documents for the repainting project; select coating systems that would provide long term service for the surfaces to be coated; and provide testing, inspection and quality management services throughout the repainting project.

So how does any of this relate to your health? Well, the processes for selecting vitamins, foods, exercise, and the like are very similar. For example, the first step in the process at InSpec was to visit the site, test the surfaces and gather as much information as we could on any potential problems or areas of concern. We would determine the type of existing coating on the building; test to see how well it is adhered and analyze any underlying problems such as moisture transmission. This is the same process I follow today at Mills-NGF when discussing the health needs of a client. For example, when meeting with a weight loss client the first step is to sit down with the client and discuss needs, goals and time frame. Next we go to the gym and run through a series of tests such as resting heart rate, blood pressure, flexibility, etc. We also have them complete a health questionnaire so that we are aware of any “underlying” problems.

The idea is that we gather all the information we can before recommending (specifying) anything – ie; coating systems and materials and in the health case, weight loss products and exercise programs! So how did we go about selecting materials for repainting a building or structure? The same way we shop for our health products! You want to select products from a reputable company – one that has been around for a number of years with a successful track record in the industry they represent. The company should have an experienced R&D department who are constantly trying to improve their products and services. And the company should guarantee its products and services and meet the highest standards in their industry. If you are trying to protect a structure for 5, 10, 15 or more years why would you select anything but the best product for the job? The costs of failure are just too high. The same logic can be extended to your health. Why would you farm out your health to anything but the best products and services? You only get one go at this life so you should make it the best!

Next, you want to look for examples of where the products have been used before in similar environments. In the coatings industry we could find examples where certain epoxy products had been used in a similar environment to the one we were addressing. We could see how long and how well it had been performing and this would give us a great reference for our selection process. This is the same process as selecting health products for you.  USANA has over 700+ elite and Olympic level athletes that use our products. We can see from their performances and testimonies on their health just how effective the Usana products have been. Usana also provides these athletes with a $1,000,000.00 guarantee stating that should an athlete test positive for a banned substance as a result of using Usana products, Usana will pay the athlete $1,000,000.00 as compensation! Now that is standing behind your product.  

So this takes us back to the title of our article “Single Source Responsibility”. What does that mean? Well, in the coatings industry, it meant selecting products from one manufacturer to ensure the synergy of the systems. There was no way of knowing that using a paint from one company, a solvent from another, a primer from another would work. No manufacturer would guarantee their product when used in conjunction with products from other companies. How could they? How could you know that product X has something in the formulation that has an adverse effect on product Y? This is why we specified, tested and ensured that the products used on our project were all from one Single Source! The process is the same in the nutrition industry.  Jan and I have been taking USANA products for over 15 years! We selected this award winning company because, in an unregulated industry, USANA is one of the only companies to voluntarily manufacture’s its products to Pharmaceutical Standards. They test and inspect every batch of material that enters their FDA approved facility to ensure the potency and purity of their finished product. That same process also ensures the synergy of their products. You can rest assured that there will be no cross contamination or negative reactions from using products within the USANA family.

Here is an interesting little fact of comparison between paint companies and health food supplement companies. Did you know that a lot of companies regularly add “fillers” or solvents to reduce the cost of their products? In the coatings industry, these products show their worth by early failures, fading and other means. In the supplement industry, governed by Food Standards, this may show up as ineffective and worthless vitamin and mineral products. Who knows how that turns up in your health so why would you farm it out to the “lowest bidder”? Some company’s products, for example, contain high or dangerous levels of certain vitamins or minerals. Vitamin A and iron are products that you should be aware of in this instance. Taking a supplement from two different companies could put you into a compromising position and actually harm you inspite of your good intentions!

You only get one chance at this life so why trust your health to anything other than the best! It’s what we do and we are damned proud of it!

Meditation: a simple practice that brings profound results 

Do you want to feel happier, healthier, and more at peace? Do you dream of a life filled with loving relationships, in which day-to-day stress does not affect you and everything seems to just flow?

What if you could have all this – and more – in just 20 minutes a day?

Meditation puts us in touch with our true selves, the part of us which is already endlessly loving, joyful, and whole.

Join Oprah and Deepak on 11.2.15 for their brand-new, free 21-Day Meditation Experience, 

Although you've missed the launch date, it's still not too late to register because the program is available from 5 days after the start.

Become What You Believe to start experiencing the life-changing benefits of meditation for yourself:

  • reduced stress and anxiety
  • increased happiness, peace, and wellbeing
  • enhanced focus, memory, and ability to learn
  • Don’t let this opportunity pass you by – register now for free!

Martin and I have enjoyed the gratitude series we purchased and repeated starting on the first day following surgery. Here's a link to start the most recent series for FREE 😀

"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness.
 Every act creates a ripple with no logical end"
~Scott Adams

We hope you enjoyed Volume #6 of our Newsletter!

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